I am the senior member of Rehm, Bennett, Moore, Rehm & Ockander P.C., L.L.O. I have been practicing since 1973 with extensive litigation experience. I worked as both a prosecutor and defense attorney. I was a founding board member of the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association. I have prosecuted or defended 5 first degree murder cases to verdict.
I limited my practice to civil law in 1986. I focus on worker’s compensation, personal injury, and wrongful death. My firm files over 10% of all Nebraska workers compensation cases. My firm publishes 2 blogs weekly regarding workers compensation.
In 1987 I became a director for the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys. I still serve in that capacity. I was president of the association in 1997 and have served as chairman of the legislative committee, chairman of the worker’s compensation committee and chairman of the political action committee. I have presented seminar talks and papers for this group on trial practice issues, brain injury cases, mediation, worker’s compensation and office technology. I head a Workers Compensation Study Group that meets monthly, posts articles of interest periodically and acts as a resource for our workers compensation and legislative committees.
From 1992 to 1993, I served on the Governors Workers Compensation Task Force and fought to preserve important workers’ rights such as choice of doctor. The task force provided the most recent comprehensive changes to Nebraska workers compensation law. Nebraska has had no negative reform since the task force bill was enacted.
In 1997 in joined Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group, have been a board of director member since joining. I was an officer in 2002 and 2003. I have been a seminar speaker for this group in North Carolina, Connecticut, Montana & Washington D.C. events.
I grew up in rural Nebraska. My parents were a small business owner and a school teacher. I participated in sports, worked many physical jobs, and had workers compensation injuries. Hard work, organization and education were stressed. I grew up understanding and respecting working people. Becoming a lawyer was my career goal before I reached my teens. My firm represents only people– no corporations and I love what I do.
AFL-CIO Union Privilege attorney over 25 years, Martindale & Hubbell AV-preeminent rated since 1991, American Board of Trial Advocacy associate since 1994, Fellow College of Workers Compensation Lawyers since 2009, Super-Lawyer Workers Compensation since 2016, Founder of Kids Chance of Nebraska.
Areas of Practice
- 50% Workplace Injury and Death Claims (Workers Compensation, FELA & 3rd party)
- 30% Truck, Auto and Motorcycle Injury and Death cases
- 10% Product and Premises Injury and Death claims
- 5% Employment law for employees
- 5% Various Civil matters